Poll Question: Have you sought the help of a Pain Psychologist?
I see alot of mention of Pain Psychologists these last few weeks. I am wodering how many of your have included a Pain Psychologist as a part of your chronic pain management.
For those of you that have, what aspect / tools helped you the most with management of your chronic conditions?
I saw a Pain Psychologist for a very long time. I would have to say that some of the most important emotional aspects of my therapy was learning to give myself realistic expectations of chronic pain management and learning to effectivly communicate to my physicians and doctors what I was experiencing physically and emotionally. Of course, Cognitive Behavioral Training and Biofeedback were of great importance aswell and took up the majority of time I spent with my pain psychologist. Those two techniques helped me a great deal in self management of Chronic Pain. They also came of great use to my physicians. I highly recommend that anyone experiencing Chronic Illness of any kind, seek the assistance of an experienced Pain Psychologist.
I stumbled across a very nice article that I think will help others to understand the role of a pain psychologists in Chronic Pain Management.